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uMdlwembe – kwaito album by Zola (Bonginkosi Dlamini)

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uMdlwembe, Zola, Zola 7, Bonginkosi Dlamini, Kwaito artist, Kwaito, Award winner.
uMdlwembe, Zola, Zola 7, Bonginkosi Dlamini, Kwaito artist, Kwaito, Award winner.
uMdlwembe, Zola, Zola 7, Bonginkosi Dlamini, Kwaito artist, Kwaito, Award winner.

UMdlwembe was Zola’s debut album. Bonginkosi Dlamani, commonly known as Zola, was only known for his role as Papa Action on the popular Drama series, Yizo Yizo. He had only released Ghetto Fabulous as part of the Yizo Yizo 2 album. On the 1st May 2000, Bonginkosi Dlamini released his debut album, Umdlwembe under the stage name, Zola. This album was produced by Kaybee through Ghetto Ruff. The album did well in the market and achieved sales of more than 80 000 units within a short time. In South African music 80 000 and more units mean you have reached platinum sales. Mdlwembe went on to win best kwaito music album and Bonginkosi Dlamini ( Zola) was voted artist of the year in the Standard Bank SAMA 8.  The award winning kwaito artist says that he wants to inspire young guys from the hood to stop hanging around street corners begging for money and start hustling and making something of themselves. The song uMdlwembe, that means “problem child” exposes his feelings about the kind of neighborhood he was brought up in. He further talks about the poor lifestyle of the township, mostly the extreme rate of crime and violence. Thembinkosi Dlamini (Zola) was making wave both in music and in acting, he featured in the first South African Oscar winning film Tsotsi and also played the role of a gangster in another film Zola Maseko`s Drum. While in the music side he was collecting awards for Metro fm song of the year in 2001, SAMA`s artist of the year in 2002. In 2005 he released an album titled bhambatha and it sold more than 120 000 copies, platinum sale yet again. This album won the SAMA 2004 artist of the year category. In the album there was a track that became SA`s national Anthem (Don`t Cry).

uMdlwembe, Zola, Zola 7, Bonginkosi Dlamini, Kwaito artist, Kwaito,.

Tracklist

1 May 2000

TITLE TIME
1:03
4:18
4:14
4:47
4:10
4:46
3:18
0:25
4:26
4:55
4:56
5:22
1:36
5:53
6:50
4:12
4:50

 

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